Happy St Davids Day! There’s not a day of the year that we don’t love this country of ours, but today we’re feeling particularly proud!
Here are five reasons why we love this little corner of Wales…
1. We’ve got dolphins!
That’s right, we’re home to Europe’s biggest population of bottle-nose dolphins, as well as porpoise, birds and seals. Cardigan Bay is the largest Bay in the British Isles, and dolphins are sighted as much as 90% of the time when heading out with trip specialists A Bay to Remember. Head out for an hour-long trip or spend half a day scanning the horizon for dorsal fins.
2. Dylan Thomas lived here!
Dylan Thomas visited New Quay frequently, and he even lived here in 1944/45. This also happened to be one of the most prolific periods in his writing career – maybe something to do with the fresh sea air and the great pubs! Follow the Dylan Thomas Trail and discover the post office where he used to send scripts back to London, his favourite pub and even his old house!
3. We’ve got seaweed gin!
Today not only marks St Davids Day, but also the official unveiling of Da Mhile‘s brand new seaweed gin! Once brought down to drinking strength (42%) using their own spring water, the gin is then infused with seaweed handpicked from New Quay. This infusing period takes around three weeks, after which the gin is double filtered and bottled. The gin is the ideal accompaniment to seafood, especially oysters and mussels.
4. We’ve got great golf courses!
Bunkers, bogeys and birdies. Ceredigion is the ideal playground for golfers of all ages and abilities at a range of courses, each set in wonderful Welsh scenery, from hilltops to sand dunes. Expect outstanding rounds available at Aberystwyth, Llanrhystud, Cardigan and Borth & Ynyslas – which, incidentally, lays claim to being the oldest course in Wales – and scenic 9 hole courses.
5. We’ve got our own taste trail!
Ceredigion is so jam packed with local food producers that it has developed its very own ‘taste trail’. It’s not all the same old produce, either, with the likes of Welsh lobster, seaweed gin and organic whisky on the menu. Follow our trail through glorious countryside or along our breathtaking coastline, taking time to meet the producers as you savour some of the most natural produce from Cardigan Bay.